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Think skiing’s not your kind of thing?

Skiing is the best fun you can have with (lots of) clothes on. And there’s cake

Know this. In my experience, people who turn their noses up at skiing holidays – which, for those of you still languishing in the dark are the BEST HOLIDAYS IN THE UNIVERSE (and yes, I am including a free go on the Millennium Falcon in that) – are women who are obsessed with handbags, shoes and make-up, and lazy, lazy men.

Oh boo hoo, you have to wrap up in salopettes. Boo hoo, you have to wear ski boots. Boo hoo, you have half your face covered up in goggles. Boo boo boo boo booing hoo.

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10 of the best pubs in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is full of great pubs, whether you want a quiet drink at a historic inn or a wild night at a party pub, says Ally Brown

• As featured in our Edinburgh city guide

Edinburgh is blessed with good pubs, but not with good beer gardens, perhaps because there’s not often the weather for them. If the sun does make an appearance, make a dash for the Pear Tree, adjacent to Edinburgh University’s main campus in the Old Town. Its large cobbled suntrap, with high walls to block any cooling winds and several large benches for groups, is where lecturers might find all their truanting students on a nice day. During summer the outdoor area also hosts barbecues and live music from local bands.
38 West Nicolson Street, 0131-667 7533. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12.30pm-midnight

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